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God's Gift of Music: Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Anne-Sophie Mutter /Mutter Virtuosi Ensemble

Video from Violin Express

"May 19, 2020

Antonio Vivaldi - Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons) *Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "Spring" (La primavera) 1. Allegro (00:30) 2. Largo e pianissimo sempre (03:37) 3. Allegro pastorale (06:25) *Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "Summer" (L'estate) 1. Allegro non molto (10:22) 2. Adagio e piano – Presto e forte (16:02) 3. Presto (18:03) *Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, "Autumn" (L'autunno) 1. Allegro (20:37) 2. Adagio molto (26:14) 3. Allegro (28:47) *Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, "Winter" (L'inverno) 1. Allegro non molto (32:40) 2. Largo (35:56) 3. Allegro (38:34) Encore: J. S. Bach - Air for Violin, Harpsichord and Strings (45:28) Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin and direction Mutter Virtuosi Ensemble" from video introduction

"Anne-Sophie Mutter, (born June 29, 1963, Rheinfelden, West Germany [now Germany]), German violinist, who was a superstar in the world of classical music. Although she was sometimes criticized for idiosyncratic, even willful, interpretations of the standard repertoire, she displayed an impeccable technique and produced a sound that was known for its beauty and coloration.

Anne-Sophie Mutter
Anne-Sophie Mutter

Mutter began piano lessons at age five but after a few months switched to the violin. At age six, after only a year of study, she won first prize with special distinction in violin in a national competition for young musicians and with her brother Christoph took a prize for the performance of a piano piece for four hands. When four years later she once more won first prize in the violin competition, she was asked not to enter again. The conductor Herbert von Karajan, who became an early mentor, first heard her in 1976, and in 1977, at age 13, she made her professional debut with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. As she began the transition from child prodigy to adult virtuoso, her career was managed by her father, who strictly limited her appearances, but she later played 100 or more concerts a year.." from the article: Anne-Sophie Mutter

Check out her website:

"Let’s not forget: life is more important than a concert." - Anne-Sophie Mutter

"Four-time Grammy® Award winner Anne-Sophie Mutter discusses a recent incident with an audience member, along with many other aspects of her fascinating life as one of the world's most talented and successful violinists." from video introduction

Seek Christ Above Your Work

Anne-Sophie Mutter has learned one thing and that thing is our gifts, our talents should not possess us.

That is often easier said than done.

We are wired to do well, to work.

God designed us to be on the move to be active, to exert energy and employ our skills to produce goods for human flourishing. Before sin entered the world, God “took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). Then God made the man “a helper fit for him” (Genesis 2:18).

God's intent was for men and women to use, not squander, the energy he gives us daily through food and rest, to accomplish his missions.

He gave us work to do in the world. Work then is the exertion of our energy, investment of our time and attention, and the application of our skills toward the ends of God’s calling to be fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth, subdue it and have Holy Dominion.

This is central to what it means to be human.

But like everything when sin entered the world we began to worship the things, the gifts God has given us instead of God.

Today many of us worship our work above all else.

We let our work take precedence over relationships, over doing good for others, over worshipping our Lord!

To get past this sinful obsession we must pray and repent, change our thinking and behavior.

Make it a habit to worship your Lord above all else!!

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